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How I Made A Tip Jar with a Mason Jar Decoupage & a Transfer

Don’t you love the Graphics Fairy? 

Before I begin my blog posts I like to give you the link to the video so you can watch it, then read along if you have any questions,- also feel free to make purchases that you need below. Here’s the how to video: 

I used a lovely Black and White image of a flower girl in the video and  here is the link to the graphic from the Graphics Fairy.  

One caution about going over to the Graphics Fairy. Make sure you have some extra time when you visit this page, it’s equivalent to walking through a beautiful garden where you just want to stop and look at every single flower..  You will be inspired-and you may want to use a different printable. They have it all on the site so have a look around. 

Decoupage and Image Transfers…perfect together!

 Before you make your jar you may want to decide if you want to go with a colorful project or black and white, or monochromatic. *Use only one color but different shades of that one color. For me I wanted to stick with a more monochromatic theme, using black and white but several different shades of blacks like grays and silvers. If you would like some napkins that would match this project have a look at these beauties. (link to purchase is just below image) 


or how about something like this? Also beautiful

and one more:                                                 

Along with the chalk paint. I do want to mention that there is a product that is made by Zinnser here’s a link for you to purchase it or read about it. 

by the way, it is a few dollars cheaper if you buy it here than in your local hardware store….  One of the rules of painting is that you should only use an oil paint over and acrylic paint, but never an acrylic paint over an oil paint. The reason being that it takes forever for the oil paint to dry, and if you add a quick drying acrylic paint over the top of the slow drying oil paint, you will get cracking or chipping. Perhaps the fact that this is a spray paint and it therefore goes on much thinner….you can break that rule here. I have used this product on my glass jars and bottles, tiles and porcelain Christmas houses, in order to protect them forever. Now though-with the popularity of chalk paint I am thinking this is a non issue. I spray the glass with the Zinsser, let it dry for a few days, (I tend to spray several projects at once and keep them in a safe dry storage area so they are ready to be worked on in the future) then I add the chalk paint. The reason I mention this is because even though the chalk paint is good, it will not last as long as the Zinsser product. If your project is going to sit on a shelf making the room it’s in look even more lovely, you can skip the Zinsser. If you are going to be moving it in and out of storage (for holidays) or using it as a tip jar, you may want to actually go ahead and use the Zinsser. If you’re making coasters, you really want to use the Zinsser. If you’re using the Zinsser you also want to keep this out of your oven, do not put this chemical in your oven. Air drying is fine. If you have a dry unused room where you can let it degas, even better. If you are going to go on ahead without using the Zinsser, remember that you do NOT have to put these projects in the oven to dry. I am impatient and I tend to be working with a deadline, that’s how I discovered the oven method and the right temperatures. 

As the video shows, you would want to first paint your item, dry, do your transfer, dry, then decoupage your napkins over the surface. Don’t forget you can also make something like this for that special niece or nephew but turn it into a bank. If you would like a matte finish (no shine at all) you will want to use this product as your top coat to protect your work. 

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                   

If you would like to add glitter over the matte varnish once it has dried you would want to use an additional product like this. Clear Adhesive for Glitter 

If you would like to use what I used… Triple Thick        

Here are the additional supplies I used and you may also want.

Chalk paint          *any light color                                            \

Roll clear crystal beads                                                

Glitter *extra fine Silver                                                    

Silver or Gold Sequin Tape                                            

small roller brush                                                          

Modeling Paste (for fill ins)                                           

parchment paper                                                         

napkin decoupage glue                                               

Crystal embellishments                                                

adhesive crystal swirls                                                  

Laser Printer                                                                 

Upcycle with Decoupage Book                                   


DIY Beach Vacation Decoupage Box

Don’t you just love Beach Decor? Especially when you make it? Decoupage.

It’s the perfect medium- along with some paint and glitter,  to turn a plain box into something that’s not only usable but pretty. Now that it’s summer time? I felt especially inspired to do something with an ocean theme. For one thing the pretty napkins that you’ll need are back in season. Just like at Christmas-time when see all of the beautiful napkins with Santa, Holly and Reindeer on them. Now is the time you’ll find the most bountiful supply of ocean or sea themed napkins.  You can purchase the napkins here. Below the link is the image of the napkin you may want. :    



You can watch the how to video here:


You may also want to go with a gentle Starfish theme  

like these:  you may like the crab theme but want a different background like these napkins. 

Whatever your choice is, you can find them here. If you click on any of the links on this page you can enter a search for any type of napkin. Mermaids? Seashells? School of fish? What reminds you most of the shore or your favorite summer vacation spot? See the links to the rest of the supplies below. 

Repurposing a Liquor Bottle Box

One of my absolute favorite things to do is upcycle. Call it repurposing, upcycling or just decorating that certain item that you haven’t thrown away, knowing you would use it one day. My garage is full of those kinds of items. (Not to worry-we can still fit our car in the garage, I’ve got it under some form of control) So when my husband got this bottle of Bourbon as a gift, he knew exactly what I was thinking as he took the bottle out of it’s decorative wooden box. “Dan, ” he said, “I don’t know who is happier about this gift since you and I both know what she is going to do with this box.”  I’ll be sending him the video tomorrow. As soon as this box was dry and ready to use I began to put all of my nails polishes and supplies in it. But they were all different sizes, and a few of the bottles extended up over the top of the box. That wouldn’t do. Then I remembered that only a day ago I was thinking that I needed to find another way to store my paint brushes. Not only do I already have too many brushes, but I was storing them on a table top where I do my video’s, and instead of having one container with all of my brushes in it, I had about 5 and one of them was huge. It was the video I made showing you how to repurpose and decoupage a large plastic bottle. Like the size of a very large bleach bottle! I’ll still need a special jar for certain brushes, but all of the rest of them fit nicely into my new ocean themed box. Since my work table sits in a sunny location I am loving that the glitter on this box is drawing my eye right to this part of the room. Why is it that glitter makes me so happy? So does the ocean, so this was the perfect project for me – I hope you enjoy it too.

Amazon Prime

I hope you have Amazon Prime. The most common question I get by far is, “Where did you get those napkins?” I can tell you that the majority of the napkins that I use were purchased on Amazon. As were all of the incidentals that are needed to complete the projects I show you how to do. With free 2 day shipping and in some area’s one day shipping? I spend so much money there! If you want to order from my site, you don’t have to just stick to the items on my page. You can buy anything else you want while you’re there! 

Here’s the list of the other supplies you’ll need along with the links for you to purchase. You can always just head on over to Amazon by clicking on the link to read about the items too if you want. 

Whipped Spackle                                                                          

Craft Spatulas                                                                                 

Medium Sanding block                                                               

Chalk Paints (several colors)                                                       

Chip Brushes                                                                               

Artists brushes                                                                               

Napkin Decoupage glue                                                              

White Pearl Paint                                                                        

Martha Stewart Glitter asst.                                                        

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                                                    

Flexible Toothbrush                                                                    

Elmers Glue All                                                                           

E6000 Glue                                                                                 


Triple Thick Top Coat                                                                   






How I decoupaged this Salvaged Glass Window

Vintage, Salvaged or Old Window Sitting around? DIY Decoupage it! 

You can watch the video here:

But I would also like to show you the still pictures of this romantic shabby chic window. Now that I have finished it . 

Did you ever find something on the side of the road and KNOW you could do something with it-but you weren’t quite sure what? It can be overwhelming right? Do I paint it? Leave it alone? Hang it? How do I paint it? Can I do this? For me, I have to do a couple of things in order to get to the point where I’m enthusiastic about getting this one. For one thing, I had a need for it in a spot in my bedroom. Is need the right word? For me, yes it is. I have to be able to see romantic things around me, things that inspire me. Things that keep me smiling and remind me of what makes me happy. Only because there are those mornings when I wake up after a bad dream and I’m so annoyed with someone. My husband? A friend, Verizon. Depends on what the dream was about. I also know I’m being irrational.  I stay there in bed surrounded by at least 4 animals, sometimes 5 if my one cat decides to come up in bed. I chat with each one of them and pet them, tell them how important and special they are, and I look around the room. When I open the shades in our bedroom I see tree tops and birds and the current weather. In the bedroom? I see the new sea foam green that we painted the walls, I believe it’s called Garden Twilight. I see the nautical vintage clock I have above the TV, and I see several pieces that I have decoupaged. All to my liking. Not something I bought, but something I made. My husband loves contemporary furniture which doesn’t exactly fit in with shabby chic. But like most couples we’ve learned to compromise with one room this way and another one that way. Or a mix of the both in a room if we can get away with it. When I looked over towards the top of the dresser and saw only glass….I just had to add something to it! It can’t just be white and bare. By the way, how about those little pink lights around the outside? I can only find those at IKEA and they won’t ship them -darn. We go to IKEA about every 4 months and I’ll stock up on things like these lights that I can’t find anywhere else. So back to our Salvage window.

Another Necessary Step in the Decoupage Process

Do you know that for me, I HAVE to get out into nature. I can look all over Pinterest for ideas, but for inspiration I have to have to have to get out no matter what the weather. I live on the East Coast of USA, an hour from the ocean and a mile from the Beautiful Delaware River. I always have to find my way towards some body of water. I’m sure it’s the negative Ion’s that flood my system and always make me feel happy for no reason, the sunshine, the trees, the vegetation and the wild life. 

I mean, how can I not be happy when I step outside of myself and my home and have a look around at all of the prettieness going on around me? I know that’s not a word, it just should be. 

I tend to be one of those people who habitually says, “I don’t have the time!” But I notice that seems to be for the things that need to get done, or that I don’t want to do sometimes. I also noticed that it became a habit to just keep repeating that. I had housework to do, bills to pay, blog posts to write, and video’s to make! But when I get out in nature, all I need to do is relax and take it all in. That’s when I get inspired. That’s when I can feel what I want to do with my projects. For this window I suddenly went from being overwhelmed and not having any time to do it to knowing that I was so ready to get this done, I went home and got right to work on it.  I know you may not live near a body of water. You may live in a city, but I’m sure there is a spot somewhere – where you just feel inspired, or calm or just better about life. I used to live in an area where I felt inspired by driving to this one parking lot in an upscale office building. The car was always safe and warm, and the parking lot was designed so that it was like a park. There was shade where I needed it, fountains, birds singing and for me a break from a desk job where I heard a lot of complaints all day. I hope you find that time and place for yourself. You will never ever regret taking that time out for yourself. 

Something else I wanted to mention before you have a look at the supplies. Did you know that you can purchase anything and everything you need on Amazon through my site? If you’re shopping for bath towels, vitamins or dog toys, you can still get all of that on Amazon with your Prime membership through my site. Click on any of the links below to get what you need and when you’re done getting your decoupage supplies, you can click on search and continue on with your shopping. * Napkin patterns change all the time and some napkins are not available anymore. You can also click on any link and do a search for the specific napkin pattern you would like. Floral, botanical, nautical, etc. 

Happy Pasting my friends! 

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project. 


Decoupage Glue                                                         

Stencil used in Video                                                  


Painters tape                                                                

Small spouncing brushes                                                 

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                    

Rose Napkins (multi color)                                              

Rose Napkins Pinks                                                        

Decoupage scissors (curved)                                      

Saran Wrap                                                                  

Brush Set                                                                     

All of these brushes for 15 dollars! 

Chalk Paint (Sampler kit)                                             

Large Spouncer Brush                                                

Elmers Glue (White)                                                     

Chip Brushes                                                               







How To Repurpose a Plastic Bottle with Decoupage

Gotta Love Decoupage! 

So I took this Dawn dishwashing bottle,  And turned it into this….to keep near my sink.                                                       You can watch the video here:     

    We use these two accessories so often.  My husband enjoys a glass of wine and likes that big uffy glass cleaner-while I tend to like to scrub everything before I put it in the dishwasher. (Why do I do that )      I see them several times a day so I decided that I wanted something to store them in that looked pretty. But what? Glass? Easy to find but not practical around the sink for everyday use. I wondered what I could use that would fit nicely in this one little spot on my sink where the Dawn Dishwashing liquid bottle was. Then it “Dawned” on me. Alright, that was bad, I know, but I am wondering if I should bring this bottle with me for inspiration from now on. Anyway, I knew I could cut the plastic, I knew I could decoupage it and waterproof it, I also knew I could find kitchen themed papers easily. I know what some of you are wondering. “Don’t you make kitchen themed papers?” They are coming. They are in the future project box.Which is not an actual box although now that I think of it, why isn’t it? This is how I think….I could decoupage a box! I could make a DIY Youtube video showing you how to decoupage a box! I digress. Let’s get back to my dish accessory container. First of all, I’m excited to say that my all time favorite decoupage glue is finally available with free shipping on Amazon! Yay!!! You can find that right here:  Even though I’ll still suggest the Spar Varnish, I am so impressed with this decoupage glue that comes to us from Germany. I have German blood in me, my husband is German and there is just something about a German car. They sure know how to make things and make them well. But let’s get back to getting our kitchen to look pretty. 

Design your DIY project to match your home.

Have a look at these lemon, botanical, viney French themed napkins…Can’t get much more kitcheny than that. You can get those napkins here:   But what if you prefer Hummingbirds, Orchids and French script? you can get those here: and they look like this….Now—THAT is romantic…perhaps you have a different theme in your home, Maybe a Victorian theme?  this link will take you to these napkins……. What about Baroque? 

Imagine this sitting on your sink proudly! You can get those here:   You may just prefer some lovely cheerful Daisies like these: You can get those here: You know what I love about this particular pattern? The actual petals are white, meaning you can paint the background white and have the daisies really stand out! Which brings me to the paint you’ll need to use. 

How to Decoupage on Plastic

It’s very important to use a product that is meant to adhere to plastic. Plastic is not only flexible but it’s so slippery that you need special paint in order to retain whatever design you put on your bottle. Here’s the solution for that.  As of today the price is less than FOUR dollars!! on Amazon. With free shipping. It would cost me more in gas and the price of this in the Hardware store to run out and get it! How does Amazon do it? So you may have noticed that I have the Matte finish for sale here and there’s a reason for that. For one, you’ll be adding a top coat/varnish over your finished project anyway, never mind the decoupage glue, so you can add the shine at the end. But for me, a matte coat as the base of any of my projects just makes my napkin or tissue paper pattern stand out that much more and it seems to adhere better. It is best to use the same color paint as the background color of your napkin. If your napkins have a cream colored background you can go ahead and click on that link above next to the can and search cream plastic spray paint, or whatever light color you have. This is the main ingredient you will need in order to make this project a success. Well, that and your amazing talent…

Supplies Needed to Decoupage on Plastic

Napkins, click on the links above and if you don’t care for the napkins I’m showing you can still do a search for the exact napkins you are looking for. Here’s a head’s up for you. Michel Design, Punch Studio and Ideal Home Range all have lovely napkin choices. When you click on any of the napkin links above you can enter any of those into the search and maybe you’ll want to grab a cup of tea or coffee while you peruse all of the beautiful napkins that you’ll see. Of course you’ll also want that spray paint just for plastic above and these following items. 


*Martha makes the Fireiest Glitter ever!


E6000 glue/clear with precision tips                             


Viva Decor Decoupage glue                                         

Spar Varnish Spray                                                        

As you’ll notice in the video it was a bit challenging to add the straws around the top of my surface, and I mentioned that was because I didn’t use the correct applicators over my E6000. Hot glue will not work over this project and I did try it though I thought I would have problems with it. The E 6000 will hold up under all of the wear and tear this will get being near your sink. And Don’t forget about using that top piece! it came in so handy when I wanted to add bird food to my feeder. I get these huge bags of bird food from Costco but i can’t lug them around the yard-filling the feeders. So I bring the feeders to the bag and use my very well rinsed container. For now though, I’m loving my new container! And I didn’t have to go buy it! 

How I Weatherproof My Decoupaged Terra Cotta Pots

Got Terra Cotta – Pots or Planters, Like this one? 

How about we turn it into something that looks like this. Watch the video here:         This is one of the few times when I will not be using chalk paint-I’ll be using Martha Stewart’s Multi surface paints like these. I may have said in the DIY Video that these come in a pack of 12 but it looks like I should have said 10. These colors are stunning. I use them on bottles, cans, boxes, and of course, planters. Terra Cotta is very porous.  For that reason you have to seal it to make it waterproof and weather proof. Here’s the main reason I used these paints as opposed to chalk paints. These paints can be baked on in order to make the item you’re working on, waterproof. The paint becomes permanent. You do not have to bake your project, and in some cases you can’t. If you prefer not to bake your project you can leave this to air dry for 21 days. You can’t use it or add anything over the top of the paint for 21 days while it cures. That’s not very practical for today’s purposes though. We want to decoupage! We want to add a UV protectant, and we want to put this outside for the spring and summer. So here’s how we can cure this a lot more quickly. 

Make sure your paint has dried for at least one hour, it must be dry to the touch, no tackiness before you put it in the oven. So if you’re working on a terra cotta pot, paint it, leave it dry for at least one hour (longer is fine-if you can’t get back to it until later in the week, no problem) Place your pot in a room temperature oven. Set the oven to 350. When oven reaches 350 set your timer for 30 minutes. Allow oven to cool back down to room temp with your pot still in it. Then remove. Then we can begin to decoupage. I wanted to make sure I had napkins that flowed in an upwards direction. Like these. So that it looks just like flowers are growing up the pot! You can purchase these napkins here:

Now we can Decoupage our Terra Cotta Pot! 

I took a fine artists brush like this one, (a filbert brush)  which you can purchase here: to wet the area of the napkins I wanted to use. I tore the flowers out from the napkin – making sure I didn’t separate them yet (you want to make sure you are only decoupaging with the top ply of the napkin) I then began to decoupage. Once I was finished decoupaging …

Let’s add the waterproofing to our terra cotta pot now. 

it’s all about the Spar Varnish. This is the varnish that is used on boats, whether they go into a lake, the ocean or just sit in someone’s driveway. The surfaces of a boat usually get all of the elements depending on where you live but they certainly take the brunt of the sun and the water. For that reason you need to protect them with something specific, and that would be this:    If you are outside of the US, you can google “Spar Varnish” in your country and see what comes up. I am not sure if this is available in all countries. You’ll notice that the label says it is meant to be used over Exterior Wood. Just so you know, I have been using this for years over my decoupaged projects and it works perfectly. 

Here are some of the other items you’ll need for this project. 

Viva Decor Napkin Decoupage glue                                        


DIY Any Glass Jar Into a Storage Container!

 Got Glass Jars? 

Spaghetti, Pickles, Salsa, Olives, what else? How about glass jars that you just have from who knows where? I keep some of my prettier or larger glass bottles because I know I’ll be able to do something pretty to them, but I also love to store my foods in jars. Plastic has all kinds of problems unless it’s BPV free. , Metal can be especially harsh on acidic ingredients -one of the reasons that salsa is sold in glass jars and glass just seems that much more substantial to me. 

Let’s do an image transfer over decoupage.

The large glass jar above with the word Cocoa on it was a lot easier to make than I thought. As the video shows I first painted the jar with Chalk paint.

You can use any color. If I was going for an ocean theme I would use this beautiful color. You do want to make sure your tissue papers look pretty over the color though. When you click on the link above though you can select whatever color you want. Also you would want to decide if you would like to make your jar simple and just paint it any pretty color and add the transfer to it? Or like me, would you like to add some decoupage papers around it to make it look even prettier?  In the video I showed how to add this high gloss top coat called Triple Thick. and sprinkle some of Martha’s very shiny coarse glitter along with the other 2 that are included in this pack to add some added depth. But if you don’t like glitter you can add embellishments like these and trust me, these sparkle in certain spots making the pearls stand out and really compliment your piece. These come in different colors so you’ll want to get the one that matches your project. But you may not want to add anything except for lovely tissue papers to decoupage like the ones I used here.     and on the larger jar I used this paper (pink blush hydrangea watercolor) 

If you would like to have a Matte Finish on your project you would do well to use this one.   I find this one to look invisible once it’s on your surface, no shine, no gloss just a clear protective cover over your work. 

How to do an image transfer over decoupage…

When making the large Cocoa jar (which I immediately put to use tonight…I first painted it, then decoupaged the large blush pink hydrangea over it. Let it dry, added one more coat of decoupage glue and by the way, this is a good decoupage glue for you to use, and once it dried I used another Liquitex product called Liquitex matte gel medium. I have been doing transfers for years and let me just say that I was constantly getting frustrated with myself before finding this. I always thought it was me as I followed instructional video after video, blog posts and book instructions on how to do transfers. Finally I found this one when reading a blog post about a different subject. The blogger was writing about how frustrated she was with decoupaged plates because there were uneven spots of dryness through the plates. Even after years, some places looked wet and some looked dry until she started to use this. I bought it for that same reason but in a pinch I experimented with it on a transfer and FINALLY I was so excited to have transferred one of my pictures onto a piece of canvas successfully. I now use it all the time no matter what the surface is for the transfer. Although I have found that chalk paint really takes hold of a transfer. Back to our regularly scheduled blog post though…I used this paper          and tore away the word Cocoa. I applied my gel medium only over the spot where I was going to place the word and after smoothing it out with my fingers I placed the tissue paper with the image side down,  (the words will be facing the correct direction as you place the word down.) The tissue paper is so thin that this will look as if you simply ordered papers that came to you backwards. Yes the words are backwards but that is only so that when you lay them down to transfer them they will be facing in the right direction. Have I confused you yet? The video makes it a whole lot easier than I probably am. Once  laid the paper onto my decoupaged surface I placed the glass jar into my cold oven. I set the oven to 170 degrees and once I heard the ding to let me know I had reached that temperature, turned the oven off and left the jar to sit in there for a half an hour. When I took it out the paper (and gel medium) were completely dry. I then wet my fingers and began to rub away the thin tissue paper leaving only the word “Cocoa” behind over my decoupage. By the way you can also use the words printed in reverse here for lables -you will find Coffee, Sugar, Flour and Tea on this sheet.


If you would like you can watch the video and see how I made my kitchen organizing jars. You can also do this with bottles. 

Don’t forget to like and follow me on Facebook at Upcycle with Decoupage. You will get to see my video’s sooner this way. I don’t know about your but I am subscribed to so many youtubers that I get inundated with emails telling me what to watch next. As if I don’t have enough video’s to watch on youtube! But there are so many talented people out there aren’t there? Alrighty friends, off I go!

Have fun! 

How I Recycle Old Furniture Easily

How I turned this piece of Furniture into this piece of Furniture- Easy Upcycle 

Whether you call it upcycled furniture, recycled furniture or repurposed furniture, there is just something about taking an unused possession and giving it new life. I made sure to put the word Easy in the title because I finished this in a few hours in one day. One day! I love projects like that.  I also made sure to make the Decoupage as simple as possible. For instance, you can buy the pretty pink fairy rose paper right here: While you’re there, please check out my other papers. I design my papers specifically for decoupage, transfers and mixed media work. I even let you know it’s ok to use my images to sell your work-as long as you are not mass producing anything. If you’re selling at craft shows, or on Etsy-or in other words using your own talented hands to create, then have it at! I am adding more and more designs every month. I can’t wait to get to the Coast and snap up those nautical themed images. I will spend a whole day just taking pictures. O.K. I will break for a latte and some food, but that’s all. 

Simple Decoupage and Easy Painting on furniture

As you’ll notice in the video I used this brush  and I would say that I can’t begin to tell you what a difference this brush has made, except that I can! This is the beauty of the blog post, I can add so much more in here than I can in the video. This brush is firm, it’s sturdy and it’s perfect for applying chalk paint or the wax that goes over the chalk paint ….but wait!!! I am often asked if it’s advisable to use wax over decoupaged chalk paint, and it is n o t. You can apply the wax to the rest of the piece of furniture that you are repurposing but you would want to stick to a matte varnish over the decoupaged part(s) of your furniture. Like on this Stool, you would only want to add wax over any part of this stool underneath the seat top. By using about 3 coats of this varnish, You can protect the decoupaged surface for years to come. I have been trying out varnishes as well as Decoupage glues for years, and if you want a totally flat matte surface, this is the stuff. 

And what can I say about chalk paint? From the velvety smooth finish that goes over your project to the simplicity of painting it on, I mean come on, I don’t have to sand anything??? I couldn’t believe that when I first got this paint. After using it for years, I can say that it’s all true. Once in a blue moon I’ll hear someone who says that they do not like chalk paint. I doubt they have ever used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, since the color selection alone is amazing. Annie’s paint is not that readily available though. I have to travel a half an hour which isn’t so bad, to buy it, but before that? I had to travel at least 2 hours to buy the paint here in my state. I think you can order it online and that’s even more expensive so I wouldn’t go that route. Instead I experimented with a lot of other chalk paints and found this one by Home Decor to be a very good option. Folk Art has done their homework and created this nice sized smooth chalk paint in a lot of very pretty colors. No sanding required. I know I have already mentioned that but I used to spend hours and sometimes a whole day sanding an older piece of furniture. Not only was it time consuming but my arms got sore. It was probably a good workout but I would rather stick to my yoga. 

I know I’ve mentioned the painting and the top coat (varnish) but let’s go into the decoupage a little bit. Did you ever notice that sometimes people will give you instructions and say, “It’s so easy!” Yet what they don’t realize is that since THEY have been doing something for years, it IS easy to them. I hesitate to use the word easy for that reason. The decoupage process of today is easy though. I suspect that some people think it’s a complicated art form. It certainly sounds highfalutin. While decoupage can involve some very intricate cutting of patterns, the decoupage that I teach is of a much more practical nature. I also like to make things simple. I want to enjoy myself-not get frustrated. That’s why I have started my own line of papers also. For this week’s project I used this paper,     and you’ll notice that I have several other papers you can use. Since the paper is tissue paper, it’s a bit more sturdy than napkins but not quite as thick as regular paper, making it very easy to work with. You cut out the image and paste it down. That sounds really simple right? There are a few more tricks to it but even if you don’t think your first project is sheer perfection….it will not take long before you feel very talented. The best part though is you will create and have genuine one of a kind pieces of furniture. I always did so well when I sold my furniture through boutiques, consignment stores and word of mouth. The biggest hassle was schlepping it to the destination. Some pieces took a couple of months to sell and more than one boutique went out of business before a piece or two sold. That meant I had to then cart them back home. Luckily my husband’s business requires him to have pick up trucks. I was hooked after I found a lovely old vanity in a Salvation Army store. The surface had crayon scribbles all over it, a few kids stickers that were half on and half off, on it, and a few decent scratches. Those were the days before chalk paint when I spent a few days sanding. I also had to use very hot water to first soak off the stickers, then remove the tacky glue left behind. I used a trendy (at the time) soft yellow paint, then decoupaged the surface using a botanical print with matching colored flowers over white lattice. I paid 7 dollars for that piece. Seven Dollars! I sold it for 300 dollars. I was then hooked on decoupage and upcycling. Of course I began to decoupage everything else that I could get my hands on, and as you can see, I am still working on furniture pieces. Here are the other items you’ll need to complete this project. The Fine artists brush set link that I list is for a set of brushes to apply your decoupage glue and it costs less than six dollars. You don’t need (or want) an expensive brush to apply your glue. All of the links below go through Amazon so if you’re a Prime member you get free shipping. 

Decoupage Glue                                                      

80 grit sanding block (to age the piece)                  

Fine Artists brush set                                               

Chalk paint brush (listed above)

Chalk paint                                                                

Liquitex Matte Varnish (listed above) 

Decoupage scissors                                                  

Saran Wrap                                                               

** Felt Guards                                                           

** Chalk paint Wax                                                    


** = optional.. If you’re going to use the chalk paint wax you will need two separate brushes to apply the chalk paint, then the wax.  You can watch the video here!




How I decoupaged my Plywood Floor

Where do I begin with today’s post? This was quite an undertaking but now that it is finally done? I couldn’t be happier. You can watch the video to see how it’s all done but I’m happy that I can add some more comments here about my floor. Before I go on I want to add the link to the stencil from Royal Design Studio that I used. The name of the stencil that I used is called Springtime in Paris-but if you would just like to have a look around this beautiful site, you can head on over to the home page and have a gander. I am going to include a few pictures of the floor so you can see it under different lights. Here is how it looks at night under a light.  You can see the rich royal blue color and the contrast of the metallic silver French Script a lot more clearly now.  Before I began this project I knew it was going to require a commitment from me-I needed to commit a lot of time but I didn’t know how much. For this reason I procrastinated for years-literally.  When we moved into this house there was carpet down on the floor. Wall to wall carpet. I remember when a fastidiously neat cousin of mine had her carpets removed to have new hardwood flooring put down. She had the carpet removed from the least used room in the house. The carpet that she steam cleaned regularly. She was so embarrassed by how much dirt and dust there was on the floor once the carpet was pulled up. The padding beneath the carpet looked pretty bad too. Possibly from the steam cleaning? The steam got into the padding and how could it completely dry? Yuck…  Around that time I was living in a house in this adorable quiet and safe neighborhood. I used to jog a couple of miles a day. For some reason though, when I got back to my room I would always start to wheeze.  Not while running, not right after running, but only when I got into my wall to wall carpeted room. I knew the rugs in this room were old but only after I moved out did I realize how old they were. They were making me sick. Back to our present day home… I knew that a man lived in our house before we moved in, and eww, the thought of all of the hair, dander and spray that didn’t quite make the throne in the bathroom used to make me gag. I did the black light test over the rug and knew it had to go. I had no plans or money in the budget to do anything to the bare floor but I didn’t care. I justified that I would find the money, do something myself or just not allow anyone in that bathroom. I did do a faux marble technique over the plywood. It actually looked like marble except for one big problem-it looked like marble painted over plywood.   I never ever liked it. So the bathroom did become the room that was only seen by us. I knew that the cure for plywood was thicker paper over it. I had seen the paper bag floors done on youtube. I was impressed by a few of them but I also felt so limited. What if I didn’t want an amber hued floor in there? Especially one that looked like faux leather? I wanted  more of a romantic feel to the master bathroom, and so? My idea was born. 3 years ago. Life happened in the interim and I found myself saying ” I don’t have enough time” throughout all of my days, not just some days. I was doing too much, not finishing enough and certainly not feeling satisfied. It was only after I took a break from making weekly youtube video’s that I realized just how much time I was spending on the videos. It was preventing me from doing so much of everything else. I loved making the videos and I put in about 3 years of weekly videos without ever taking a vacation. Missing only a couple of weeks at different times due to people passing away.  My poor husband lost both of his parents last year, and while trying to keep up with my video’s and blogging, we also had to clean out a whole home with decades worth of memories, clothes and furniture. We had to of course still take care of our own home too. . But I digress. Somehow thank God!-this floor is finally done. You do need to know that there are different grades of plywood. I’ve seen some people paint plywood and it looks lovely, but it’s not as  bumpy or rugged as the plywood on my floor. I’ve also seen some painted plywood that doesn’t look so lovely. Since my plywood is a bit bumpy too, I can see a few ridges in my finished floor. But I don’t mind them at all. I will also be adding a few throw rugs and they will cover up some of the “not so perfect” spots. That said, I did mention that I would put the link to the woman’s blog post (from the site Domestic Imperfection) about her experience with top coats over paper floors. Here is her link.

Now let me list the supplies you’ll need and the links to those supplies.

Contractors paper                                 

Matte Paint (chalk paint is great)            I used a little more than a quart

Metallic Paint                                         Used less than 1 container. 

Cutting Razor                                        

Stencil Brush                    

 or Sponge roller brush                      

Low Tack Tape                                   

Coarse Sanding block                      

Dirt Devil Electric Vacuum                Only 19.99 and is a best seller! I use mine without the handle. & by the by? This is perfect for cleaning up around the litter box. I do not like to use the house vacuum for the kitty litter. 

Decoupage Glue 1 Gallon Matte Mod Podge      I used only about a half gallon. Make sure you get the size needed for your project.   

Angle Paint brush                              For less than 6 dollars this was the best investment! 

Fine Artists brush                            

T Square Ruler                                

Top Coat Paint -brush                           

 Fine Mist Bottle                                

Water Wiz Applicator                        This was perfect for applying the Varethane that I used. 

Varethane                                        I used a quarter of the gallon of this. And I’ll be adding at least one more coat. 

Don’t forget about things like tacks, sponge brushes and  a few lint free rags. This is a gloss varathane that I used and you may want semi gloss, satin or matte. I’m not sure if this company makes a matte finish but make sure you ask your salesperson how all of these work. Tell them what is most important to you. Drying quickly? Heavy traffic? Easy to clean? Fewer Coats? You may want to do your own research on a top coat since the blog post I have shown is from a few  years ago. It was where I started because it made me ask other questions that I would not have known to ask. If you go to a quality paint store, there are usually very qualified people in the store that are trained to know which products will work best for you. Some of the floor top coats even state on the can that they should not be used over paint. Some say that they dry to a nice amber hue. Amber hue? On my blue floor? No way! So I had a lot of my own research that needed to get done too. This is one of the most satisfying video’s I have ever done, but I can only say that now that I am done. Now that I am done with my blog post, I can finally feel good about having completed this floor which had been on the back burner for so many years. Have fun my friends!                                      


DIY Annie Sloan Romantic Candle Votives

LLet’s take these candle votives that started out as clear glass and turn them into these romantic vintage rose themed beauties. I actually bought this box of candles here :  I love that there are 8 candles in a box in clear glass votives and they cost eleven dollars! I got the green color because my friend got them and the scent was very light. These do come in all different colors and scents though. I made sure to use my tissue paper since I made them specifically to fit over small votive jars. Vintage white roses, carnations and baby’s breath all in watercolor. I wanted to make these as romantic as possible. Romantic candles, the 2 words go together. These would be great party favors for a bridal shower, or they can be placed on the tables in front of wedding guests. These are quite easy to make and I’ll show you how in this week’s video. You can watch the video here :  Here are the supplies you’ll need below. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel after you watch the video. There are now over 230 DIY decoupage video’s on my channel. 

Vintage Roses Tissue paper

Is that link long enough for you? They tell me they are working on it. 🙂

You can purchase my book here:                                              

Chalk Paint                                                        

Mini Brush roller                                                 

E6000 Glue                                                       

2 yards pearl ribbon  ⇓                                              

crushed velvet ribbon *any color                                        

Decoupage Glue                                                            

Matte Finish (top coat) spray                                          

Liquid Pearls                                                                   

You can buy this multi colored set or search for your color

Crystal Rhinestone Trim (clear)                                       

*Optional Zinnser Cover Stain                                          



DIY Easy Decoupage Shabby Pink Matchboxes

You can watch the video here:  

Ready to make those plain old cardboard matchboxes look spectacular? I’ll show you how with this simple Decoupage project. Winter time means cozy nights by the fire, but you gotta have matches! And they have got to be pretty matches. Let’s make those Matchboxes a pretty Pink Rose and carnation Shabby chic themed room accent. Here’s what you’ll need to make these. 

First and foremost, here is a link to my papers. I have created these papers and you’ll want to have a look around both of my stores while you’re on this site. Upcycledecoupage and patioelf. Mostly watercolor images of all sorts of flowers-though I am always adding new papers to my line. Just for decoupage and mixed media! Here’s the link to these papers.

Or have a look around my store here:

and my other store here:

With decoupage….it’s all about the papers! Here are the other supplies you’ll need to complete this. 

Cardboard Matchboxes                                           

White Chalk paint                                                     

1″ sponge roller (3 pack)                                          

Collage Pauge 16 oz Matte decoupage glue           

12 pc asst shabby embellishments                          

Adhesive Pearl Strands (white)                                  

E6000 mini Craft Glue                                                

Sea Shell Glass Glitter (see color below)                   

Martha Stewart Arctic White Glitter  (3 pack)              

Martha Stewart Glitter Glue (Clear-to hold glitter)     

Ranger 7 pack Liquid Pearls, Stunning Colors ⇓    

There you are! Have fun with this project. I can’t wait to have company over so I can light the fire in front of them, they will then ask me (as they always do)…..”Please tell me you did a “how to” video on this!” That’s half the fun!  Please remember to subscribe to my youtube channel-it’s what keeps me going-and if you follow me on Facebook you’ll be notified every week when I post a new how to video….Have a great week my friends!